.Primed at \hc rniriot ( )ffi( p. Greensboro'. N, C,
Mlmlts nt l^t 16811; $tssm nt
Spring Hill Church, Halifax Co., Va., ]
Saturday, June 17th, 1854. )
jPresbytery met according to adjournment and was opened with a
Sermon by Rev. Thomas U. Faucette, the Moderator, from Jeremiah
8th chapter, 22nd verse. Constituted with prayer.
Present, Rev. E. Mitchell, D.D., Thomas Lynch, A. Wilson, D.D.j
James Phillips, D.D., Wm. N. Mebane, A. Stanfield, John S.
Grasty, F. N. Whaley and Thomas U. Faucette, Ministers.
With Messrs. R. I. Smith, S. W. Hughes, Dr. Robert H. Scales,
E. Cuthbert, S. L. Venable, J. H. Lindsay, W. Baird, Samuel Wat-
kins, S. D. Booker, R. V. Watkins, Charles Phillips and Wm. B.
Cartel, Ruhng Elders.
Absent, Rev. William D. Paisley, J. H. Pickard, E. W. Caruthers,
Jesge Rankin, Robert Burwell, Gr. W. Ferrill, Thomas R. Owen, D.
Lacy, D.D., J. Doll, E. C. Bittinger, A. G. Hughes, Archibald Cur-
rie, C. K. Caldwell, James N. Lewis, James Stratton, N. Z. Graves-
and James H. McNeill.
Rev. John S. Grasty was chosen Moderator and Rev. Thomas U.
Faucette and Mr. Charles Phillips, Temporary Clerks.
Rev. S. A. Stanfield was chosen Stated Clerk, pro tern., and the*
aainutes of the last Session of Presbytery were read.
Letters of excuse were received from Rev. J. Boll and Rev. Archi-
bald Currie for absence from the present Session of Presbytery.
The ministers not present at the last Session of Presbytery also gave
in excuses for their absence.
Rev. W. Baird, from the Charleston Presbytery, being present^
was invited to sit as a Corresponding Member.
Rev. T. G. Wall, from Winchester Presbytery, presented a record
of his dismmission from that Presbytery to join this. There tbeing
some intormahty in the papers that he prcseuted^ the Rev E. Mitchell^
I). J)., and lley. A. Wilson, D. D., with Mr. Wm. B. Carter were
appointed a Committee to examine and report on the said papers.
The Treasurer presented a verbal report, and the Rev. James Phil-
lips, D. D., and Mr. Samuel AVatkins were appointed a Committee to
examine his book and accounts.
The Treasurer was directed to present to Presbytery a list of the
Churches dehnquent to^the Commissioners fund, to the Contingent
fund of Presbytery and to the Contingent fund of the General As-
Rev. S. A. Stanfield and Rev. A. Wilson, D. D., with Messrs. R.
I. Smith and J. H. Lindsay were appointed aCom.mittee to examine
and report on the assessments now laid on the Churches.
A call from the Church of ]Milton for the pastoral services of Rev.
William P. Wharton, was read in Presbytery and being found in order,
was put into Mr. Wharton's hands.
The Church at Newborn presented a call for the pastoral services of
the Rev. T. Q. Wall.
Rev. Messrs. Mebane and W^haley with Mr. Carter were appointed
a Committee to examine the Sessional records of the Churches on the
firsthalf of theroll.
Rev. Messrs. Wilson and Lynch with Mr. Samuel Watkins were
appointed a Committee to examine the Sessional records of the
Churches on the second half of the roll.
Rev. William N. Mebane reported that he had declared the Church
of Danville vacant.
The report of the Committee of Domestic Missions was made the
order of the day for Monday, at 2 o'clock, P. M.
The ministers, appointed at the last meeting of Presbytery to supply
destitute Churches and Missionary fields, made reports on the duties
The nominations for supplies made by the Committee of Domestic
Missions were amended, adopted, and are as follows : ^
The Committee of Domestic Missions nominate the following list
of supplies with the recommendation that they labor two or three days
at each of these places respectively, including a Sabbath, and adminis- '
ter the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, if convenient, viz :
Pittsboro', J. Phillips, D.D., (2 Sabs,) and Rev. Dr. Mitchell.
Lexington, John M. Sherwood.
Si:\pw Creek, Speedwell and Gum Grovc; J. Doll.
Graham, A. G. Hughes.
Gilend, "Wm. P. Wliarton.
Murfreesborough/ T. R. Owen.
Mount Airy, 0. K. Caldwell and E. W. CaruMiers,
Union, J. W. Montgomery and William N. Mebanc.
Williamston and Plymouth, N. Z. Graves, F. N. Wlialey and k^.
Kinston, Drury Lacy, D.D.
Danville) John S. Grasty and J. W. Montgomery i
J, 1)0LL, Chairman;
Madison, N. C, June 6th, 1854,
Reports were received from the Churches as to their care of thd
poor within their bounds.
Reports were received as to the faithfulness shown by the Minis-
ters of Presbytery in attending to the third chapter of the Directory
for public worship.
Rev. James N. Lewis requested that he might be dismissed to
Montgomery Presbytery. His request was granted and the Stated
Clerk directed to furnish him a certificate thereof, as being in good
and regular staftding.
Mr. Dau'lT. Towles, having represented that he was laboring entirely
within the bounds of the Fayetteville Presbytery, requested that ho
might be placed under the care of that body. His request was grant-
ed and the Stated Clerk directed to furnish him with a suitable testi-
monial as a licentiate.
At the request of both the parties concerned, the pastoral relation
between the Rev. James Stratton and the Church at Washington wa;^
At the request of the Rev. James Stratton, the Stated Clerk was
directed to furnish him with letters of dismission to the Charleston
Presbytery, he being in good standing with this Presbytery.
Mr. Calvin Morrow, a member of the Church at Bethlehem was
introduced to Presbytery as a candidate for the Gospel Ministry.
The Presbytery then adjourned to meet on Monday at 9 o'clock,
A. M. Closed with prayer.
Spring Hill, Monday, June 19th, 1854.
Presbytery met according to adjournment and was opened with
, The minutes of Saturday were road and corrected^
Rev. Edward Hines ftppeared in Presbytery and gave satisfactory
reasons for liis tardiness.
Mr. Jolin Amis, Ruling Elder from Shiloli, appeared in Presbytery
and took his seat.
The Committee appointed to examine the Rev. Mr. Wall's letters of
dismission from Winchester Presbytery, reported that although some-
what informal they were not invalid, and therefore recommended that
Mr. Wall be received upon the usual examination.
After an examination sufficient to assure the Presbytery of Mr,
Wall's soundness in the faith, he was received as a member of Orange
Mr. Calvin Morrow was examined as to his hopes as a christian and
as to his intentions and expectations in seeking the Ministry. His
examination proving satisfactory, he was received as a candidate for
the Ministry of the everlasting gospel under the care of this Presby^
Newborn, Clarksville and Madison, were nomiiiated as places suita-
ble for the next regular Session of Presbytery.
Rev. Washington Bajrd, Superintendent of the ojierations of the
Board of Publication in sundry of the Southern States, being desi-^
rous of presenting the objects of his agency to the Presbytery it was
ordered that an opportunity be granted to him on Tuesday at 10
o'clock, A. M.
The Committee appointed to arrange the assessmente made for
Presbyterial and Synodical expenses made a report which was accepted
and adopted, and is as follows : »
" The Committee, to whom was referred the subject of Church as-,
sessments, offer the following report, viz :
Resolved \stj That this Presbytery will hereafter raise annually by
assessment on the Churches the sum of 3G7 dollars, to be called the
Resolved 'Iiidj Of this fund the Treasurer shall pay annually-^
1. To the Contingent Fund of the General Assembly a sum equal
to 50 cents for each ordained Minister and each licentiate of this Pres-
2. The annual travehng expenses of our Commissioners to the Gen-
3. The Contingent expenses of the Presbytery, Salary of the
Stated Clerk, Postage, &c.
4. The quota of this Presbytery to the Contingent expenses of
Synod, Salary of the Stated Clerk, Postage, Printing of the Minutes,
5. To the Treasurer of Synod one third of the aggregate expenses
of the Directors of the Union Theological Seminary in traveling to and
from the Seminary.
6. For the printing of the Minutes of the Sessions of Presbytery.
Eesolved 8rc?, That this amount be raised by the following assess-
ments, to wit :
1. Grassy Creek, ^8
2. Haw Fields, 14
3. Red House, 6
4. Eno, 7
6. Buffalo, 10
6. Nutbush, 7
r. Gilead, 2
8. Speedwell, 3
9. Gum Grove, 2
10. Little River, 6
11. Alamance, 12
12. Bethesda, 9
13. Stony Creek, 5
14. Griers, 6
15. Bethlehem, 7
16. Cross Roads, 11
17. New Hope, 6
18. Bethel, 7
19. Raleigh, 16
20. Hillsborough, 12
21. Newbern, 16
22. Oxford, 7
23. Spring Grove, 7
24. Washington, 16
25. Geneva, 5
S. A. STANFIELD.
The Committees on Sessional Records made sundry reports which
were accepted and adopted.
Presbytery then spent an hour in devotional exercises.
Rev, John A. Scott of West Hanover Presbytery being present,
was invited to sit as a corresponding member of this Presbytery.
The same invitation was extended to Rev. David W. Scott of the
At 2 o'clock, P. M., the order of the day was taken up and consid^
ered, vi? : The report of the Committee of Domestic Missions. Seva
eral addresses were delivered after the reading of the report, and a
collection was made in aid of the funds of this Board.
The Committee on the Jrensurer's Book reported that the ac-^
counts and vouchers were all in proper order.
The Eev. Messrs. Wilson and Lynch and Mr. Samuel L. Yenable
were appointed a Committee to confer with and examine such of our
candidates as may be present at this Session of Presbytery.
It was determined that the stated Clerk should have three hundred
copies of the Minutes of Presbytery printed and distributed to the
Churches, and that the funds to pay for the work be taken from tlie
An interesting meeting was held at the instance of the Revs. Messrs.
Mebane and Stanfield concerning certain matters connected with Un-
ion Theological Seminary.
The Agent of Foreign Missions made a verbal report to the effect
that- he could not, after many attempts, collect any materials whereof to
make a report on the cause committed to his care. The Agent also
tendered the resignation of his office and it was accepted.
The Church of Bethesda asked and obtained leave to employ Mr.
John W. Montgomery as stated supply for the next six months.
Resolved J That the Presbytery will hear the sermon on the subject
assigned to'llev. Wm. N. Mebane to-morrow at 11 o'clock, A. M.
The Presbytery then adjourned until Tuesday at 9 o'clock, A. M.
Closed with prayer.
Spring Hill, June 20th, 1854.
Presbytery met and ^vas opened with prayer. The Minutes of
Monday were read and^corrected.
The Keport of the ( lonimittec on Domestic jMissions was adopted
and ordered to be filed away aniong the papers of the Committee.
Hev. Mr. Wall was directed to declare the Church of Washington
The call from the Church of Newborn for the pastoral services of
the Rev. Mr. Wail was put into his hands, and being accepted, it was
ordered that the installation of IMr. AVall take place at the next regu-
lar Session of Presbytery : — That the Rev. -Dr. Phillips preach the in-
stallation sermon ] the Rev. Dr. Wilson give the Charge to the pas-
tor ; and the Rev. Dr. Lacy give the Charge to the people.
Mr. Wharton having signified his acceptance of the call from the
Church of Milton, it was ordered that when Presbytery adjourn, it ad-
journ to meet in Pdllton on the Friday before the first Sabbath in Ju^
I J to attend to the ordination and installation of Mr. Wharton if tho
way be open : — That the Rev. Alexander Wilson, D.D., preach the
sermon, with the Rev. James Phillips, D.P., as alternate, that the
Rev. S. A. Stanfield give the Charge t#the pastor, having Rev. E.
Mitchell, as, his alternate, and that-the Rev. John S. Grasty
give the Charge to the people, having the Rev. Hines as his alter-
Newbern was chosen as the place of the next regular meeting of
Presbytery on Wednesday, December 6tli, 1854, at 7 o'clock, P. M.
Resolved, That the Committee of Domestic Missions have leave to
increase the quota paid to Missionaries within our bounds, so that they
be sufficiently well supported. And that in this matter they be guided
by their own sound discretion.
The Treasurer presented a list of the Churches which at the time
were delinquent with respect to the Presbyterial assessments.
At 10 o'clock the Presbytery attended to the order of the day.
After an address from the Rev. Mr. Baird, it was unanimously
Resolved, That this Presbytery heartily approves of the plan pro-
posed by the Agent of the Board of Publication and recommends all
its Churches to procure a complete set of the books of the Board, for
their own use, as speedily as possible.
It was ordered that the Treusurer of Presbytery pay over to the
Agent of the Board of Publication such moneys as he may have on
hand belonging to that Board.
The Committee on the examination of candidates reported, having
had a conference with some of them, and that Presbytery recommend
to Mr. Morrow to make further progress in his literary and scientific
Resolved, That the thanks of this Presbytery be tendered to the
citizens around about Spring Hill, for the kindness and hospitahty
with which they have received and entertained the members of this
Presbytery, and to the Baptist Church at Black Walnut for the use of
their house of worship, and that Rev. Messrs. Stanfield and Scott be
requested to publish this resolution from their respective pulpits.
Presbytery then adjourned to meet at Milton, N. C, on the Friday
before the first Sabbath in July, 1851= Closed with prayer.
J, DOLL, Stated Clerk.